The Lost World of Ladakh: Photographic journeys through Indian Himalaya 1931-1934 (AHP:31)

The Lost World of Ladakh Photographic journeys through Indian Himalaya AHP THE LOST WORLD OF LADAKHRupert Wilmot Roger Bates Nicky HarmanWith a Foreword by Khenpo K Rangdol President of Tserkarmo Monastery Ladakh IndiaA superb collection of black and white photograp

  • Title: The Lost World of Ladakh: Photographic journeys through Indian Himalaya 1931-1934 (AHP:31)
  • Author: Rupert Wilmot, Roger Bates, Nicky Harman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE LOST WORLD OF LADAKHRupert Wilmot, Roger Bates, Nicky HarmanWith a Foreword by Khenpo K Rangdol, President of Tserkarmo Monastery, Ladakh, IndiaA superb collection of 150 black and white photographs of 1930s Ladakh, capturing its final days as a hub of trade routes between Tibet and Kashmir, India and Yarkand These portraits of people, landscapes and Buddhist ceremonTHE LOST WORLD OF LADAKHRupert Wilmot, Roger Bates, Nicky HarmanWith a Foreword by Khenpo K Rangdol, President of Tserkarmo Monastery, Ladakh, IndiaA superb collection of 150 black and white photographs of 1930s Ladakh, capturing its final days as a hub of trade routes between Tibet and Kashmir, India and Yarkand These portraits of people, landscapes and Buddhist ceremonies taken by amateur photographer Rupert Wilmot, are notable for their careful composition, fine detail and engaging informality They have been meticulously researched and captioned by Nicky Harman and Roger Bates, respectively, niece and nephew of Rupert Wilmot, and include maps, an introduction and a bibliography Of considerable historical and ethnographic interest.Claude Rupert Trench Wilmot 1897 1961 was a British army officer stationed in India during the 1930s, and a talented amateur photographer Nicky Harman translates Chinese literature, and was formerly a lecturer at Imperial College London.Roger Bates digitized the photographs A retired engineer, he has many years of experience working in digital photography.What other writers have said about The Lost World of Ladakh A wonderfully elegaic set of photographs recording a lost world an almost mediaeval Ladakh untouched by modernity and still living at the hub of the old trans Himalayan trade routes, a timeless Central Asia where soot writing boards, itinerant monks, arcane astrologers, masked dancers and elaborate turquoise headdresses were still common These skillfully restored photographs make me ache to cross again the snowy heights of the Zoji la and to re visit this most fascinating region to see what is left William Dalrymple, author of Return of a King The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839 42 Rupert Wilmot s pictures are a delight The monastery images include a spectacular set of the religious dance drama at Hemis There is also a visual record of the trades that lifted so many of Ladakh s villagers above the poverty level the bustle in Leh Bazaar, the interior of a serai, and caravans of sheep, donkeys and ponies Perhaps the book s most outstanding feature is the series of portraits of Wilmot s fellow travellers and other Ladakhis, most of them in relaxed and cheerful mode, rather than posing stiffly Dr Janet Rizvi, writer and historian of Ladakh, Kashmir and the western Himalaya These illustrations, superb as photographs in their own right, capture in visual form the essence of Ladakhi life as it was in the 1930s While the Ladakh pictured here is in many ways gone, its legacy lives on in the distinctive culture of present day Ladakh, which cannot be fully appreciated without a knowledge of its history In this book we have a unique and vital contribution to that history Dr Philip Denwood, Emeritus Reader in Tibetan Studies, SOAS, University of LondonPrice for printed book 28.00 24.74 Published by Asian Highlands Perspectives, print copies available here lulu shop roger bates

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    1. This review is written by Dan Jantzen, retired engineer and specialist in historical Himalayan travel. (His website is pahar.) He has asked me to post it for him:"The other day a friend sent me the linkto the new book The Lost World of Ladakh. Opening the file I sat transfixed for the next two hours as I clicked through page after page of beautiful photos of Ladakh taken in the 1930's. Nicky Harman and Roger Bates have produced an outstanding photographic record of Ladakh before modernization--b [...]

    2. I have to say I mainly looked at the pictures, since I love black and white photography. And what wonderful pictures they are. This is due to two things. First Rupert Wilmot was a fine photographer. His composition is always spot on, especially in his landscapes. He clearly had a gift for putting his subjects at ease, no mean feat when the number of exposures he could take of any one person was very limited. Also, a British army officer on leave might perhaps have been regarded with suspicion. H [...]

    3. I have to say I mainly looked at the pictures, since I love black and white photography. And what wonderful pictures they are. This is due to two things. First Rupert Wilmot was a fine photographer. His composition is always spot on, especially in his landscapes. He clearly had a gift for putting his subjects at ease, no mean feat when the number of exposures he could take of any one person was very limited. Also, a British army officer on leave might perhaps have been regarded with suspicion. H [...]

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